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Wan and gaunt a cerulean-eyed teenage boy named Michael White shifted restlessly in his seat His teacher Mrs Black was bloviating about literature again She was discussing The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant Michael wished he had a necklace so he could choke himself with it Literature made him want to vomit He could not understand the recondite and mystical prose that certainly did not bear any discernible relation to his life He felt helpless hopeless disconnected from the rest of the class who eagerly vivified the words that buried him in loneliness As he sat there his reticence and stern countenance were stark contrasts to the sibilant and enthusiastic voices resounding throughout the room Nearly sleeping now from the teachers prolix exegeses he was startled awake by the sensation of a fly crawling on his arm Fast as lightning he clasped the fly in his hand before it could escape Then without provocation he systematically and adroitly tore its wings off his face expressionless like a mask He quickly drew a circle on the tile floor with his pen and gently put the disabled imago in the center The forlorn fly struggled to escape but it was a fruitless effort every time it advanced to overstep Michaels boundaries the forlorn boy thwarted its attempts putting it back in the center again After watching this for ten minutes Mrs Black accosted him in utter disgust What do you think you are doing Michael she barked Looking away his heart almost breaking he sadly and almost inaudibly uttered I am practicing to be a teacher Michael White like so many other students around the world thinks literature to anathema although many of them actually have a facility for understanding and enjoying reading and analysis They think it is their bete noire because they do not understand how to unleash the hidden potential of the text to discover multifarious meanings that can open windows to the
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